the sights of trinidad square
we talked with many of the shop owners, some spoke in spanish and some in english. one shop keeper we met had on a wide brimmed straw hat that was really cool, a cuban flag with the image of che. I complimented his hat and he took it off and told me to take a photo with it. the brim was lined in sweat, but when in cuba… I put that hat on and snapped a photo! such friendly people.
next we wandered over to a textiles shop, I decided I needed to buy a table cloth or table runner in order to recreate my obsession with cuban table settings at home. the table cloths were too overwhelmingly stark for a contemporary home so I went for the table runner idea. the lady of the shop had two beautiful panels that were separate – she said she would hand sew them together for me on the spot to make a runner! how could I say no? we chatted with her for some time in spanish until the conversation started getting above my comprehension level, she said that times had been very difficult in the past and that it’s not the fault of the embargo; however, already with american tourism, things are getting better. she finished up my table runner and we hugged goodbye.
we continued to shop around the market, picking up a college laundry bag for my sister that was made of the same fabric as the children’s uniforms below, wooden serving utensils, and wooden dominoes. I bought stephen a hat and mom found a reversible stone necklace that was really pretty. after spending our fare share of CUCs, we plopped down at a local bar for $3 mojitos before joining the rest of the group for lunch.
sweet school children holding hands
the group walked over to paladar san jose for some lunch – the décor was modern and funky. we dined on beans, rice, shrimp, lobster, brushetta, I also may or may not have ordered papas fritas [ahem, french fries]. we all got a kick out of going to the bathrooms, below.
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